/GAYM-ə-fə-CAY-shən/. noun. Bringing game mechanics to non-game activities and situtations.
A cornucopia—a logocopia!—of awesome words.
humble pie. noun. Metaphorically, the dish we eat when we have to admit we were wrong or retract a statement in humiliating fashion. I assumed the origin was humble as in not proud or of low origin, but it’s not! In fact, the humble in humble pie comes from umble pie, with umbles being the innards of an animal, usually a deer. In other words, a low-class food, allowing the punny humble pie to emerge. Umbles itself comes from the Middle English numbles (offal).
sabot /SA-boh/. noun. A wooden shoe or clog. A sleeve that holds and guides a projectile through a rifle tube. In baccarat, the box or shoe for dealing cards. In Australia, a small, snub-nosed dinghy. From Old French çabot, a blend of çavate (old shoe) and bote (boot).
tribology /triy-BAWL-ə-jee/. noun. The study of fiction, lubrication and wear between interacting surfaces. From Greek tribos (rubbing) + -logy (suffix indicating science, study, theory).
ruction /RUK-shən/. noun. A noisy disturbance; an uproar. Etymology unclear, but possibly derived from insurrection (not to mention destruction, which was first recorded almost 500 years earlier), or even eruption. See also: ruckus (rumpus + ruction?), rumpus, rookery and ruffle.
dotard /DOH-tərd/. noun or adjective. A stupid, foolish, possibly senile person.